I really wanted to love this pant--it's perfect in many ways. The hips, legs and length are perfect (I'm 5'8" and usually a size 8 or 10). Medium has always fit me perfectly in Encircled bottoms, but this elastic is very restrictive. A large size would be too loose in the hips, and possibly too long, but the waist elastic on the medium is very, very tight. I hate things that are restrictive across my middle, and this is. I'll keep the pant, because I think I can have the elastic replaced maybe, but I'm disappointed.